About Your Principal

Prior to arriving as the Principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School on July 1, 2019, Mr. Overstreet has served students and teachers in Bedford County Public Schools for the last 25 years.  Most recently, he has served in a variety of administrative roles including: Director of Instruction and principal supervision from 2014 – 2019; principal of Liberty High School from 2012 – 2014; principal of Staunton River Middle School from 2011 – 2012; Supervisor of Mathematics, Science, and Gifted Education from 2010 – 2011; and assistant principal of Liberty High School from 2007 – 2010.  In 2013, Mr. Overstreet was named “Student Council Association Principal of the Year” for Virginia.

Mr. Overstreet taught Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, Chemistry II, and Science Research at Liberty High School from 1994 – 2007. He also served as a JV Baseball Coach, National Honor Society Advisor, Academic Team Coach, and Senior Class sponsor during those years.  Mr. Overstreet received the “Dedication to Quality Education” award from the Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology for the 1996 – 1997 school year.  In 2005, he was named Liberty High School “Teacher of the Year.”

Mr. Overstreet earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Roanoke College in 1993 and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Lynchburg College in 2007.  Prior to starting his doctoral coursework at Lynchburg College in 2011, and completing the requirements to obtain his Division Superintendent License, Mr. Overstreet completed a cognate of literacy classes, earning a Literacy & Reading Certificate.  Additionally, Mr. Overstreet is a certified trainer for A Framework for Understanding Poverty, inspired by Dr. Ruby Payne’s work, and a Thinking Maps: Write from the Beginning trainer for Bedford County Public Schools.

Mr. Overstreet grew up on a family farm in Franklin County where he continues to raise Registered Angus cattle in his spare time.  However, he has resided in Bedford County for the past 20 years with his wife, Heather, a high school Calculus and Statistics teacher with Franklin County Public Schools.  They have three children, Quinn (age 18), Claire (age 16), and Hannah (age 4). 

Mr. Overstreet believes that we should be servant leaders, always keeping the best interest of students in mind.

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